I like coloring inside the lines with crayon, best. :) In terms of stitches, though, I do long & short.
I like to use a punch needle for fill in stitches then use regular hand embroidery for accents.
Oooh Marie. I had a go with a punch needle a couple of years ago...seriously cool.
I like using split stitch as a filling stitch. It's surprisingly quick and easy.